Injuries have been part of the problem. Chris Albright, Abel Xavier and Ante Jazic – all of whom are starters in the back – sat in a suite wearing coat and ties. But for someone who built a career in England as a hard-nosed, gritty fullback, Sunday’s performance was a tipping point. “Our confidence level is poor – especially in the back,” Yallop said. “Any time someone attacks us, it seems like we’re ourselves. Nervous. Indecisive. All the things you’re not supposed to be as a defender, we are.” It was the fifth time in the last seven MLS games the Galaxy have allowed at least three goals. And, as could be said in many of them, it might have been worse if not for a couple standing-on-his-head saves by Joe Cannon. “We’ve just been making different mistakes,” Cannon said. “I don’t want to blame just the backline. The whole team defense, there hasn’t been enough fight. “Let’s be honest. We haven’t been as organized as we’d like. That’s frustrating. As a goalie, you look across the field and the other goalie, it’s like, Aaaaah.” If Cannon looked across the field and was wistful, Yallop may have been as well. Eight members of the Dynamo played with him in San Jose before the franchise relocated to Houston. Yallop won two MLS titles there and his lieutenant, Dominic Kinnear won another in Houston last season. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOCCER: L.A. coach wants his players take “take responsibility.” By Billy Witz STAFF WRITER If the Galaxy wasn’t going to play much defense in its 3-1 loss to Houston on Sunday night, then neither was Coach Frank Yallop. For example, the Galaxy’s Mike Randolph grabbed a fistful of Dewayne De Rosario’s shorts less than 30 seconds into the second half, leading to De Rosario’s tiebreaking penalty kick. Later, Ty Harden and Peter Vagenas made a mistake with the ball in the box – politely leaving it for Houston’s Ricardo Clark to poke into the net. Yallop has supported his players publicly all season – especially a revolving door backline that on Sunday consisted of rookies Randolph and Harden, converted midfielder Chris Klein and Troy Roberts, who was making his 24th career start. Yallop wasn’t about to cover for them this time. “We are so naive with our fight and our will to do better,” said Yallop, who looked more disappointed than angry as he sat at a post-game press conference. “We just accept that another goal has come in. Players just don’t take responsibility. “A lot of times, for me, you have to make sure you feel that something is your fault. And some of our guys don’t. They don’t take responsibility. That’s difficult.”
– Associated Press Choreographer taking Dylan to Broadway Twyla Tharp took on the music of Billy Joel and created “Movin’ Out,” which ran for more than three years on Broadway. Now the director-choreographer has turned to another pop superstar, Bob Dylan, for her next project – “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” The musical, set in a circus, will open Oct. 26 at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Among the Dylan hits in the show – besides the title song – are “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Lay Lady Lay” and “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.” – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 – Associated Press Actress Brigitte Nielsen marries Husband No. 5 Brigitte Nielsen can call it legal now. The model and actress, 42, married her fifth husband, Mattia Dessi, 28, on Saturday – 17 months after a ceremony last year that wasn’t legal because she hadn’t finished divorcing No. 4, People magazine reported on its Web site. Nielsen was previously married to Sylvester Stallone and has a son with former NFL star Mark Gastineau. Former Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller is divorcing her husband of seven years. Miller, 29, and Christopher B. Phillips, 33, married in a lavish ceremony featuring many of her teammates from the 1996 U.S. squad that won the team gold medal in the Atlanta Games. She filed for divorce in May 2004, but money disputes dragged the case out more than two years. Phillips, an eye surgeon, claims that Miller had an affair with a married male athlete. Miller denies the charges.